By Miguel Gonzalez
Editor and Founder
(Victorville)– After eight days visiting China, a delegation of more than 50 members of the Victorville Chamber of Commerce returned to the High Desert with fresh and positive perspectives on business.
The consensus among the delegation members was very simple: China is great example of economic progress that includes lots of outside of the box thinking. “I was very impressed with the economic progress this country has achieved in such a short time,” Victor Valley College Professor Becky Palmer said.
Chamber CEO Michelle Spears described the international discovery program to China as a complete success that served to widen the views of local business owners and community leaders. “I think the trip was effective because our attendees were exposed to many of the components that make China the country it is today.”
To understand a foreign economy, you must understand its people and traditions, a factor not lost among organizers who planned an array of events designed to give chamber members such exposure. “We spent 4 days in Beijing (a city of 17 million residents) and flew to Shanghai (a city of 18 million residents) for another 4 days,” Victorville Vice Mayor Mike Rothschild said. “Victorville is already working with China through the EB-5 program, this trip gave a better understanding of how business is conducted there,” added Rothschild, who traveled to China with his wife, Jean.
Besides visiting landmarks such as the Great Wall, attendees also had the chance to visit important functions such as the Wold Expo in Shanghai.
Palmer highlighted the country’s progressive way to do business and meet the growing world-wide demand for its products. “The energy of the cities was very busy and very positive, truly an impressive culture.”
So successful was this first international discovery program, that the chamber is now ready to announce two more trips for 2011. “Our board has approved two more trade missions, one in the Spring to Tuscany, Italy and the second one in the Fall to Costa Del Sol, Spain,” Spears said.
Rothschild considered that many good things will come to the Victor Valley from this trade mission. “I can say without qualification that today’s China is every bit as modern as the United States and Europe. The fact that local business people have been exposed to it, gives the Victor Valley an economic advantage over other communities.”